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Linda Kellett - Costumed youngsters and their families approach the Fort Plain Fire Station during the department’s annual Halloween parade on Oct. 31.

Linda Kellett - Costumed youngsters and their families approach the Fort Plain Fire Station during the department’s annual Halloween parade on Oct. 31.

Linda Kellett - Fort Plain residents Isaiah and Eliza Cechnicki, 13 and 12 respectively.

Linda Kellett - Fort Plain residents Isaiah and Eliza Cechnicki, 13 and 12 respectively.

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Hundreds flock to scare house block

Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Updated: 11:30 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN — Each Halloween for the past decade, the Weaver home at 13 Wagner St., Fort Plain, has transformed itself into a beast of a scare attraction, becoming both one of the most feared and beloved homes in the area.

The family operation, which takes several days to put together, and enlists the help of friends on the night of Halloween, features an undead bride, witches, a gorilla, animated creatures and a chop shop.

The chop shop, located at the end of the attraction after you’ve already passed numerous fun scares, features a menacing man gleefully chopping up the meaty remains of what’s assumed to be his most recent victim.

About 200 people visited the haunted attraction this year, although homeowner Diane Weaver noted that they’ve had up to 400 people pass through in a night. Though the trick or treater traffic in the area may have been low this year, Weaver stated of the people who did attend the largest, most creature-stocked version of the scare house yet, “they loved it.” She continued, “they kept on coming back for more,” explaining that trick or treaters would circle around the block and return.

The Weaver haunted garage started ten years ago with just a couple Halloween items, expanding the next year to add a table with a person underneath, their head poking through the center. Seeing the reactions of trick or treaters inspired the family, who annually purchases new items, this year including a tortured statue of a man with many evil faces protruding from his chest.

“Every year, we just seem to add more to it, and we’re already thinking of how to expand it next year,” said Weaver, explaining that she’s considering expanding the attraction out onto the sidewalk.

Several people, said Weaver, have visited all ten years since the attraction started, including a family that comes from Dolgeville, along with many people from Canajoharie and St. Johnsville.

Weaver noted that she’s always looking for available volunteers, and often recruits the friends of family members. She’s already expecting to need help with the haunted garage next year, and noted that those interested on dolling out some serious scares should be on the lookout for ads in local publications next Halloween.

Linda Kellett - Kathy Swartz and Judy Heiser, members of the Fort Plain Firemen’s Auxiliary, hand out goodie bags.

Joshua Thomas - Daniel Reid is featured in the Weaver scare attraction’s “chop shop” with a handful of guts and a menacing smile.

Joshua Thomas - A creepy possessed girl pokes through a hole in a table, which usually contains a live human head.

Joshua Thomas -This undead beauty, laid out in a coffin on top of a gurney, was one of the first things you saw upon entry to the home.

     

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